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AACC provides the Early College Access Program (ECAP) to qualifying Home-schooled students living the Anne Arundel County and to students attending partcipating private schools. Students seeking the ECAP scholarship of 50% off tuition, must be at least 16 years of age by the first day of class and may participate through the spring semester of their senior year.

Learn more about the ECAP program

Participating Schools

  • Annapolis Area Christian School.
  • Arundel Christian School.
  • Calvary Baptist Christian Academy.
  • Granite Baptist Christian School.
  • Indian Creek Upper School.
  • Lighthouse Academy.
  • Odenton Christian School.
  • Rockbridge Academy.
  • Severn School.
  • St. Mary's High School.
  • Home School Program Type A or B (Must attach signed copy of AACPS Home Notification).

Procedures for Home School Participation

  • Students who wish to participate must provide a copy of a completed Anne Arundel County Public School (AACPS) “Home School Notification” signed by an authorized designee of the AACPS Home School Office
  • The completed “Home School Notification” will be sent from the AACPS Home School Office via email to the Admissions Office.
  • The ECAP Application for Private and Home School Students must also be submitted to request consideration for the special tuition reduction.
  • Students participating in the Early College Access Program must comply with all Anne Arundel Community College academic policies and regulations and demonstrate eligibility or pre-requisite completion for all courses for which they wish to register.

Not sure if you qualify for ECAP?

The 50 percent discount applies to students who attend AACPS, are AACPS affiliated home-schooled students or attend a partnering private school.

Check with our Admissions team if you are:

  • Under 16 years old.
  • The courses you’d like to take are not approved by your school principal.
  • You’d like to take more than two courses.
  • You’re not sure if your private school participates in ECAP.
  • You attend a school other than an Anne Arundel County public school or partnering private school.
  • You have any other circumstances that prompt you to questions your qualification.

There may be other ways for you take classes at AACC, and possibly qualify for grants, scholarships or tuition waivers.

How do I enroll?

Complete the ECAP Application

Home-School and Private School Students

Follow the instructions to complete the Early College Access Program Application for Home-School and Private School Students.

Apply to AACC Online

Apply to the college online or in person at any AACC location. You'll be given an AACC ID and MyAACC password. Keep this handy. You'll need it along the way.


If you have not taken the ACT or SAT, or do not have the minimum scores required by AACC to enter most college classes, you'll need to take the Accuplacer test at the Testing Center.

Visit the Admission Office

With high school transcript and SAT, ACT or Accuplacer test scores in hand, submit your scores and ECAP application to the AACC Admissions office. They will check to see if you meet any necessary prerequisites and initial your form.


You might find it easiest to register and pay for class in person at the Arnold campus, but you can register online (using your new AACC ID and MyAACC password) or at our other locations. Plan to make a payment by the due date that will appear on your schedule/bill.


You can pay online or in person at the Cashier's office, but either way, the Cashier’s office will need to receive your approved application form in order for you to receive a 50 percent discount on the tuition portion of your bill. Participants must pay all fees. Learn more under ECAP costs and payment.